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Artists Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas’s Consuming Nature (Public Domain Photos of Public Domain Seeds) is a series of site-specific billboards along the roadsides from Sauget, IL (formerly Monsanto, a company town) driving towards St. Louis, MO, an accompanying documentary audio uploaded here, and an essay published in March International. October 2021.
This work contains interviews with:
Dr. Kū Kahakalau. Hawaiian educator, researcher, cultural practitioner,
grassroots activist, and expert in Hawaiian language, history and culture.
Irwin Goldman. Professor in the Horticulture department, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ronaldo Eleazar Lec Ajcot. Co-founder Mesoamerican Permaculture Institute, Guatemala
Bill McDorman. Co-founder Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance
Kelly Wilson and Justine Hernandez. Seed Librarians, Pima County, Arizona
Jack Kloppenburg. Open Source Seed Initiative and professor Emeritus, University of Wisconsin-Madison
The verb "to colonize" is derived from the Latin word colonus meaning "farmer, tiller, or planter,” linking colonialism to land and land use. Food production, after all, is the most important activity in a civilization, so severing a people from their ability to produce food destroys sovereignty. The Spanish conquistadors knew this, and soon after conquest, they outlawed the Inca, Maya, Aztecs, and all indigenous conquered peoples from cultivating their most important, nutritious, and sacred crop: amaranth. Amaranth survived its colonial prohibition because it was a beloved, sacred crop, and because it is extraordinarily resilient. Further, in a turn of schadenfreude: wild amaranth has also developed into a “superweed” that grows so fast, and adapts so easily, that it is choking out fields of agro-tech monocrops.
Produced, edited and
sound design by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas. Thanks to the interviewees, to Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz for your support and conversations, to the Luminary in St Louis, and to March International.
All sounds are Public Domain and/or Creative Commons:
(flood-mix), Costa Rican Oropendolo
Leon Septavaux, (leonseptavaux) Juno 60 synth chords on empty wine silo
Mugwood, Gentle Waves Peeling Left to Right
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